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NBAA Update #08-47
Monday, November 24, 2008

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Bolen Outlines Industry Priorities in Obama Transition Policy Meetings
Earlier today, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen participated in a roundtable discussion between aviation leaders and transition officials. During the discussion, Bolen articulated the top priorities for the business aviation community. "I'm pleased the Obama Administration provided NBAA the opportunity to discuss business aviation and its importance to our nation's transportation system and economy," Bolen said. Issues discussed included Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization, safety, security, access to airports and airspace, and other industry issues. For more information on NBAA’s role in the transition process, contact NBAA’s Patrick Dunne at

NBAA Works to Correct Media Misperceptions About Business Aviation
In light of recent publicity about some companies’ use of business aviation aircraft to attend congressional hearings, NBAA has fielded inquiries from news organizations about what business aviation is and how it is used in the U.S. To clear up any misperceptions, NBAA has provided the questions most often asked of the Association, with responses that lay out the facts to explain how business aviation helps companies of all sizes remain nimble, competitive and successful, especially in a difficult economic climate. In one of a number of interviews held last week, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen told the Associated Press that companies use business aviation in part so that their employees can be productive and have access to phones and e-mail during flights. Bolen pointed out that business aviation also allows company officials to discuss proprietary information without worrying about being overheard. To review a document NBAA sent to reporters, visit:

NBAA Challenges ABC News Portrayal of Business Aviation
National Business Aviation Association President and CEO Ed Bolen last week responded to the skewed image of business aviation provided in a report on ABC's Good Morning America. "It's unfortunate that your report did not give viewers a full picture of why companies have planes and use them as part of routine business," Bolen's letter states. "In a difficult economy like the one facing us now, the opportunities offered by this mode of transport become even more important, because companies have to work harder to grow their business, find new markets and serve existing customers." To review Bolen’s letter, visit:

DHS Publishes Final 'e-APIS' Rule for International GA Flights – NBAA Has Analysis of Program
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a final rule regarding the Advance Passenger Information System, which will go into effect on May 18, 2009, affecting all general aviation (GA) pilots departing from or arriving in the United States. According to the ruling, GA pilots will be required to provide passenger manifest and aircraft owner/operator information to the government 60 minutes prior to departure or arrival, utilizing the customs and border protection’s Electronic Advance Passenger Information System (e-APIS) or a third-party vendor to transmit this information. "We have expressed significant concerns about this program with DHS officials, and we're disappointed with this decision," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "International GA flights are already subject to the same security requirements as the airlines, and it seems the DHS doesn't recognize that." NBAA has prepared an analysis of the final rule to assist Members in understanding its implications. To view the final rule and NBAA’s analysis, visit:

Numerous Reroutes Expected in Northeast During Thanksgiving Holiday
NBAA anticipates that air traffic control (ATC) will announce numerous required reroutes throughout the week, especially along the East Coast, as part of Thanksgiving holiday traffic management. The Association recommends this week that operators use the offshore routes when possible. During the time when the Virginia Capes Operating Area (VACAPES) military airspace is available – Tuesday, November 25 at 11:00 p.m. EST to Monday, December 1 at 6:00 p.m. EST – the available offshore routes will be the ATLANTIC North 1 & 2 and ATLANTIC South 1 & 2 playbook routes. At other times, operators are encouraged to utilize the offshore AZEZU routes, which can also be found in the FAA playbook. Additionally, there will be deviations from the standard preferred routes southbound out of the New York City metropolitan airports. ATC asks that operators file the routes specified in the Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATSCC) Advisories Database. NBAA recommends that operators check the FAA Playbook and ATSCC Advisories Database prior to filing flight plans. To view NBAA’s web page with more information and relevant links, visit:

FAA Issues Revised Routes for New York-Florida Traffic During Thanksgiving Holiday Week
As part of Thanksgiving holiday traffic management, there will be deviations from the standard preferred routes southbound out of the New York City metropolitan airports from November 25, 2008 through November 30, 2008. The NBAA GA Desk at the FAA Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC) recommends that operators file the revised routes to reduce the possibility of delay. For more information on the revised routes, visit:

NBAA Announces Dr. Richard Karl to speak at LBA2009
NBAA today announced that Dr. Richard (Dick) Karl, nationally recognized cancer surgeon and business airplane owner and pilot, will be a featured speaker at the opening of the inaugural Light Business Airplane Exhibition & Conference (LBA2009). Dr. Karl is well-known for founding the Surgical Safety Institute, which uses aviation safety standards to provide training and support to medical groups nationwide. “The significant advances in aviation safety over the past 30 years convinced me that the successful lessons learned in the cockpit could translate to the operating room,” said Dr. Karl said. He will join Richard Karlgaard, publisher of Forbes magazine, as a keynote speaker for the LBA2009 Opening General Session. NBAA’s newest show, LBA2009 will address the unique challenges and needs of entrepreneurs who rely on light business airplanes. The event will be held in San Diego, CA from March 12 to 14, 2009. To view the full press release, visit:

Members Are Encouraged to Participate in 2009 IS-BAO Workshops
The International Business Aviation Council workshops on implementing the International Standard for Business Aviation Operations (IS-BAO) provide industry best practices and safety management system methods, explain the benefits of IS-BAO and outline requirements to become an IS-BAO-registered flight department. NBAA encourages Members to attend these workshops, and participants will receive credit toward NBAA’s Professional Development Program. Next year’s workshops will be offered January 8 at FlightSafety International in Savannah, GA; January 28 at Embry Riddle University in Daytona Beach, FL; February 10 in Hong Kong, in conjunction with the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE); and April 8 at FlightSafety International in Dallas, TX, in conjunction with the NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum that will be held on April 9. For additional information, or to register, contact IS-BAO's Kathy Perfetti at, or visit:

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
NavCanada Warns of Fraudulent Billing Scheme
NavCanada has issued a notification that its customers are being targeted by a fraudulent e-mail billing scheme. The notification warns that operators who receive an e-mail regarding outstanding debt to NavCanada should disregard it. NavCanada does not send customers billing notices via e-mail unless customers have specifically requested PDF delivery. NavCanada bills are otherwise always sent by traditional mail. NavCanada has contacted the authorities and is investigating the fraud. Operators who have questions or who have received a questionable e-mail should contact NavCanada customer service at (800) 876 4693. To view a sample of a typical fraudulent message, visit:

NBAA Has Resource for Operations at LAS During Construction
NBAA has published information and recommendations for operations at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) during the closure of Runway 25L/07R for construction, which is not scheduled to reopen until May 1, 2009. Operators should file flight plans as early as possible when flying to LAS to allow for as much advance planning as possible by air traffic control. Additionally, NBAA advises that when LAS is on Configuration 3, pilots should plan for an intersection departure at Taxiway Bravo, instead of taxiing to the end of the runway for a full-length departure. Taxiing to the end of Runway 1R requires a crossing of Runway 7L/25R, which could disrupt ground operations. For more information, visit NBAA’s resource at:

Westchester Aviation Community Honors FAA Tower Staff
More than 60 members of the aviation community attended last Thursday’s Westchester Aviation Association (WAA) Breakfast Seminar at Skytop restaurant in the terminal building at Westchester County Airport (HPN). The seminar recognized the 40th anniversary of the installation of the FAA ATC tower at HPN, and honored the service of the FAA ATC staff. WAA President (and NBAA Chairman) Jeff Lee of IBM presented awards to Tower Manager Laura Stensland and to Controller Nancy Reilly for her extra efforts in support of the HPN aviation community. For more information on the event or WAA, visit:

Orientation for Seattle Air Route Traffic Control Center to Be Held Dec. 4
The FAA invites operators in the Pacific Northwest region to attend the next Seattle Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) Orientation, to be held on December 4 in Auburn, WA. The orientation will provide informative insights into daily air traffic control and traffic management operations. The event, set to take place from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., will be held at the FAA facility located at 3101 Auburn Way South. Seats are limited and it is recommended that attendees make reservations as early as possible by contacting the FAA's John Howard at For more information, contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at

GWBAA Will Hold Annual Meeting and Holiday Reception Friday, Dec. 5
The Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA) will hold its official Annual Meeting and Holiday Reception on Friday, December 5 at Signature Flight Support at Dulles International Airport (IAD). All GWBAA members are welcome. Attendees should note the location has changed from previous years. The annual meeting begins at 5:00 p.m. and will be immediately followed by the reception, which will include refreshments and prizes. To attend, RSVP to Signature Flight’s Kyle Herbig at

FAA to Reinstate Reservation Slot Program at JFK and EWR
Beginning December 9 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), the FAA will again require slot reservations for all non-scheduled arrivals and departures, every day from 6:00 a.m. until 10:59 p.m. EST. Each reservation slot is valid for one hour, from the top of the hour until 59 minutes past the hour for which it was requested. For example, a reservation slot request for 1:45 p.m. will be valid from 1:00 p.m. until 1:59 p.m. For additional information regarding the rule change, or to request a reservation, visit:


NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention Honored by Trade Show Executive
The NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention recently was honored by Trade Show Executive (TSE) magazine as one of the top-ranking 100 shows in the exposition industry. The ranking, which is based on square footage, economic contribution, innovation and green initiatives, has placed NBAA’s show in an elite group among the more than 13,000 trade shows in the U.S. each year. “The 100 shows honored are the giants in our industry, not only in sheer size but also in economic impact on the host cities,” said Darlene Gudea, TSE VP/publisher and editor. TSE found that the top 100 shows collectively drew nearly two million professional attendees and generated more than $2 billion in economic impact to the 100 host cities. “They have truly set the Gold Standard for the trade show industry and the industries they serve.” NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen stated, “We share this recognition with our Exhibitors, whose professionalism and sophistication have set the bar high enough to achieve this honor.”

Two PDP Workshops Announced for January in Savannah, GA
NBAA has just announced two Professional Development Program (PDP) workshops that will be offered in Savannah, GA in January 2009. The NBAA Flight Operations Manual Workshop, which incorporates IS-BAO standards, will be held January 26 and 27, followed by the NBAA Management Fundamentals Workshop, to be held January 28 and 29. Both workshops will be held at the Hilton Savannah Desoto at 15 East Liberty Street in Savannah, GA. Workshop details will be available online once the new NBAA Web site is launched. Until then, for a PDF of the Workshop brochure, those interested are encouraged to contact NBAA’s Sandy Wirtz at

Sponsorships Available for NBAA 2009 Leadership Conference
Sponsorships are available for NBAA’s 2009 Leadership Conference, to be held at the Doubletree Hotel in New Orleans, LA from February 18 to 19, 2009. Hosted by the Association's Corporate Aviation Management Committee, the NBAA Leadership Conference provides two days of valuable management information along with networking opportunities with the industry's most successful leaders. Famed aircraft designer, visionary and aerospace engineer Burt Rutan will keynote the Conference, addressing the event’s theme for 2009, “Winds of Change,” by sharing the work he is doing today to inspire creativity and innovation within the aviation industry. To become a sponsor, contact NBAA’s Sandy Wirtz at For more information on the Conference, visit:

Save the Date: 36th Annual International Operators Conference, Mar. 30–Apr. 2, 2009
The 36th Annual NBAA International Operators Conference will be held in San Diego, CA from March 30 to April 2. The Conference, themed “One World – One Conference,” will be held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, and will feature sessions on international flight safety, security, efficiency and regulation. During the four day event, speakers from around the world will address international operational issues, new technologies and the latest information about conducting business in various cultures. The Conference is also an opportunity to network with industry peers and service providers. Further details will be posted on NBAA's web site as they become available. For more information, contact NBAA's Dina Green at, or visit:

NBAA’s New Web Site Will Debut Next Month, View Preview Now Online
NBAA's web site, introduced in 1995, has undergone a complete overhaul to improve usability. "Our Members told us the web site is a great resource, but that it was sometimes difficult to find what they were looking for," said NBAA’s Jason Wolf, director, internet communications. The architecture of the web has been revised to organize information more logically, and several new navigation features are being added to make NBAA’s many online resources easier to find. "We’ve done this redesign to dramatically improve the experience of using of the site," said Wolf. To preview the new web site, which launches next month, view a video presentation at:

NBAA Headquarters Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
NBAA's Washington, DC Headquarters will close at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, and will remain closed on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The office will reopen at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, December 1.


Upcoming NBAA Events
PDP Course: Scheduling and Dispatch Function
January 12, 2009, Long Beach, CA

PDP Course: Highly Effective Teams at Work
January 12, 2009, Long Beach, CA

PDP Course: Human Factors
January 12–13, 2009, Long Beach, CA

SPDP Course: International Operations
January 13, 2009, Long Beach, CA

PDP Course: Finance and Budget Accounting
January 13, 2009, Long Beach, CA

NBAA 20th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference
January 14–16, 2009, Long Beach, CA

PDP Course: International Standard-Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO)
February 10, 2009, Hong Kong

2009 NBAA Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2009)
February 11–12, 2009, Hong Kong

PDP Course: Capitalize on Human Resources
February 17, 2009, New Orleans, LA

NBAA Leadership Conference
February 18–19, 2009, New Orleans, LA

NBAA Light Business Airplane Exhibition & Conference
March 12–14, 2009, San Diego, CA

36th Annual International Operators Conference
March 30 – April 2, 2009, San Diego, CA

PDP Course: Aviation Security
April 3, 2009, San Diego, CA

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